Gerd Klingenberg, Nordsee Zeitung, 20.06.2019
Unraveling from the mysterious string tremolo and horn motive, gigantic tone clusters of sound suddenly appear, allowing the orchestra to play to its full tutti potential. With Niemann’s expansive phrasing, opulent kaleidoscopic images emerge; how concrete and vivid these images are felt lies solely in the imagination of the audience. The second movement features melodic soli in the cellos and violas. A pleasant imitation of bird sounds quietly pulsate in the delicate pizzicato, establishing a lovely and tender background for the rich melodic soli passages sung by the cellos and violas.
The first highlight is the sharply contoured, precisely executed Scherzo. Characterized by the multi-faceted brass motifs of a wild parforce hunt, which is surprisingly interrupted by invisible bucolic beautiful sound revelry. Even this is decisively topped by the glistening colored, momentarily ebbing away into almost nothingness, but from seemingly inexhaustible energy reserves again and again, a newly fed opulence of entrances reemerge in the Fortissimo finale. Bravo shouts and thunderous applause praise the intoxicating season-end concert igniting the desire for the next season.